Our huge thanks to previous guest-blogger Rachel Mason for her fantastic profiles of some of the most interesting performance artists and performance-related work taking place right now in New York, Los Angeles, and beyond. You can keep up with Rachel’s upcoming gigs and projects by visiting her website here.
Next up, we’re pleased to introduce Tricia Van Eck as our latest blogger-in-residence. Van Eck is the Artistic Director of 6018 North, a green, non-profit space for experimental culture, installation, performance, and sound located in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. Prior to this, Van Eck worked as Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, where her last project was the Chicago presentation of The Mark Bradford Project. Previously she had curated Interactions, a four month series of artist and audience activations that served as a companion to the MCA’s exhibition Without You I’m Nothing: Art and Its Audience, which Van Eck co-curated. Much of Van Eck’s focus at the MCA had been on audience engagement and extending the MCA’s reach into the community, as seen in exhibitions such as Here/Not There, Hide and Seek: An Out of Gallery Experience, Theaster Gates: Temple Exercises, and Tino Sehgal’s Kiss. She served as coordinating curator of the MCA’s presentations of various traveling exhibitions such as Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe, Andy Warhol: Supernova, and the Jeff Koons retrospective. Van Eck’s many exhibitions of Chicago artists at the MCA include Mapping the Self and Kerry James Marshall/One True Thing: Meditations on Black Aesthetics, which she co-curated, along with numerous UBS 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work exhibitions showcasing the work of emerging Chicago artists.